Nonprofit Resources

Find the extra boost you need to make a difference.

In 2021, the Community Foundation infused $5.3 million into Southwest Colorado’s nonprofits. We’re proud to come alongside you as we strive to strengthen the impact of our region through this great work. Whether you’re seeking grants or professional development opportunities, let us help you secure the resources you need to succeed.

Professional Development

Grant Opportunities

Colorado Gives

Organization Fund

Fiscal Sponsorship

Local Research & Resources



The Community Foundation inspires hope, leadership, and generosity in our community by bringing economic stability, professional development, and collaboration to the nonprofit sector. As a community facilitator, we coordinate with nonprofit professionals throughout Colorado to provide opportunities that:

  • Increase efficiency and success for nonprofits in Southwest Colorado
  • Build relationships and facilitate networking between nonprofit professionals
  • Create opportunities for peer discussion around best practices
  • Enhance relationships across county and geographic boundaries


Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days™ is Coming to Durango!


The Rural Philanthropy Days™ (RPD) conference is scheduled to return to the Southwest region in Durango, June 7-9, 2023. This unique conference provides a forum for quality professional development opportunities close to home as well as networking with other community leaders in the region and relationship building opportunities with statewide funders.

Registration is now closed. Click Here to learn more!

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The Community Foundation is a proud Regional Champion for ColoradoGives! We spearhead local participation in the state’s largest online giving event, Colorado Gives Day. We provide the regional giving platform,, and facilitate the collaborative promotion of more than 100 local organizations across our five counties, as part of Southwest Colorado Gives.

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An Organization Fund is a long-term fund held and managed by the Community Foundation on behalf of a nonprofit organization. It provides consolidated investment management, convenience, and guidance for donors. Donors always receive assurance that money will be managed for the long term. After discussions with the organization about objectives for the fund, we would recommend a financial goal. For more information on organization funds, please see our Organization Fund Fact Sheet.


The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado supports the nonprofit community through various partnerships and initiatives, as well as provides an opportunity for certain organizations that want to provide charitable services to their community, but need additional support.

To learn more about Fiscal Sponsorship and the application process, please take a look at our Fiscal Sponsorship Packet.

Current Fiscal Sponsorships


The Community Foundation’s LAUNCH Fund assists nonprofits to secure affordable capital to accommodate growth and keep fiscal health a priority. The Community Foundation has partnered with First Southwest Bank and First Southwest Community Fund to provide low-interest loan packages for nonprofits for projects such as the purchase or renovation of real estate or the purchase a piece of equipment. Leveraging First Southwest Bank’s CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation, the Community Foundation can provide access to terms that appeal to nonprofit boards and staff.


Southwest Colorado Index

The Southwest Colorado Index is intended to assist nonprofits and funding entities across the region by accurately gauging the overall economic, social and environmental health of the communities in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties (Region 9).

The separate reports of the Index, which are provided courtesy of community sponsors, can be found below.  Nonprofits may find this information and data helpful in their grant writing.

Previously called the Pathways to Healthier Communities Indicator Report, the Index was first published by Operation Healthy Communities Inc. (OHC) in 1996. After OHC produced five editions of the Indicator Report in 2006, the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado took over publication.


  • Board Source inspires and supports excellence in nonprofit governance, as well as board and staff leadership.
  • Blue Avocado is the bimonthly newsletter of American Nonprofits, a membership organization that provides practical financial information and support to U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, staff, stakeholders, and volunteers.
  • The Colorado Nonprofit Association is the voice of Colorado’s nonprofit community, offering its members a variety of services and technical assistance on starting and managing nonprofit organizations. Click here to download CNA’s Principles & Practices.
  • The Colorado Grants Guide is a comprehensive directory of funding sources published by the Community Resource Center. For information, call (303) 623-1540 or visit CRC’s website.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Colorado Chapter enables people and organizations to practice effective fundraising through ethical standards, education resources, and networking.
  • Auditors used by Southwest Colorado nonprofits
  • Thinking of starting a new nonprofit? Click here for some invaluable assessment tools from GrantSpace by Candid, and click here for some start-up resources from the Community Resource Center.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

News & Updates

May 9, 2023 in News

The Payroll Department Announces “Meet Your Match” Grant Opportunity 2023

The application for the Payroll Department’s $7,000 matching grants for local nonprofits is now open. The deadline to apply is June 6. The Payroll Department partners with the Community Foundation…
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May 1, 2023 in News

CAUSE Internship Nonprofit Partners Announced

CAUSE Nonprofit Grantees Announced May 4, 2023 – Durango, CO – The Community Foundation serving SW Colorado has designed a comprehensive paid summer internship opportunity for 11 local high school…
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April 25, 2023 in News

2023 DWE Events SOLD OUT!

We hope to see you next year! Thank you for your support of the 2023 Durango Wine Experience! This year's Weekend Passes, Grand Tasting Tickets & Walkabout Tickets are now…
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